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America’s Deadly Bias Against Trayvon Martin

Posted on Jul 17, 2013
Democracy Now!

Law professor Michelle Alexander told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday that “the [Zimmerman mindset] that views black men and boys as a perpetual problem to be dealt with has infected our criminal justice system, infected our schools, has infected our politics in ways that have had disastrous consequences, birthing a prison system unprecedented in world history, and stripping millions of people of basic civil and human rights.”

“It’s this mindset that some of us, defined largely by race and class, are unworthy of our basic care and concern and can be dealt with harshly, written off with impunity,” she continued.

Alexander made her remarks as communities in more than 100 cities planned “Justice for Trayvon” protests in the wake of a not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in a trial investigating the killing of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin in Florida in late February.

Alexander teaches law at Ohio State University and is the author of the best-selling book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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